This is an interesting thread you have here. I don't think the goal of interferons (or any treatment for MS) is to attenuate the immune system. I agree that meds in general are very scary. I think that in the case of MS, the goal is to balance the immune system and not to weaken it. I have been on copaxone for over a year now. My MS has slowed down and I am not showing any signs of a weakened immune system. I am a teacher and I am exposed to countless germs via my little darlings. I have yet to get even a cold this school year.
I agree with you on the uncertain future part. I also find that completely unnerving. I hate that this disease robs you of your sense of self in the future. I don't make long term plans. I don't visualize where I will be in ten years. People at work talk about when they plan on retiring and I know I cannot make those plans. I want to work as long as possible but I work day to day without long range plans.
My challenge now is to live with a positve attitude. I count my blessings and I am grateful for what I do have. I have changed my priorities. I live in the moment. I spend as much time with family and friends as I possibly can. I am happy. Life doesn't have to be perfect to be blessed and totally enjoyable.
love and prayers,
I AM NEW, I MUST USE CAPS, I HAVE OPTIC NEURITIS
MY VISION IS BAD.
I AM A 49 YR OLD WOMEN, JUST DX IN MAY 2007
WITH MS. HAVE HAD TREMORS FOR MANYS YEAR.
ONLY ON MY LEFT SIDE, DID BUNCHES OF TESTS AND
AND IT IS MS. I AM GLAD I FOUND THIS FORUM.
I AM NOT TAKING ANY MEDS FOR MY MS, ONLY PAIN MEDS.
I CHOOSE NOT TO BECAUSE I HAD A BAD REACTION
TO ONE. I AM OFF MEDS SINCE SEPT. AND I AM DOING
WELL. THANK GOD.
JUST WANTED TO INTRODUCE MYSELF.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL
AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME JOIN.